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Koster's False Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Kosteri'

This attractive evergreen shrub has a rounded form that matures into a dwarf pyramidal shape. Flat sprays of deep green foliage add handsome texture to the landscape. Excellent for rock gardens or mixed borders. Withstands brief dry spells, once established in the landscape.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationkam-e-SIP-a-ris ob-tu-SA
LoreChamaecyparis translates from the Greek for dwarf and cypress, which verifies the fact that it is not a true cypress at all. The species C. obtusa is also known as Hinoki Cypress.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThe texture of this beautiful evergreen makes a fine foundation plant to cover utilities and crawl spaces as well as footings year round. May be used as a freestanding foliage column out in the landscape as a central element for bright floral plantings. A natural in the Asian inspired garden left natural or creatively shaped in the bonsai style.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Poolside, Rock Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsHeavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Azalea (Azalea); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Camellia (Camellia); Pine (Pinus); Hosta (Hosta)

Grows well in average to fertile, neutral to acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular water, but tolerates brief dry spells. Fertilize in early spring. Prune only as needed to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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